April 24 in Indianapolis hockey history

April 24 in Indianapolis hockey history

1976: Jim Park posts his second playoff shutout, blanking the Whalers with 30 saves in a 4-0 Game 5 victory for the Racers in front of 11,811 at MSA. Reggie Thomas scores the game-winner 13:17 into the game, Michel Parizeau adds two goals and an assist. Dave Keon has a goal and an assist, and Hugh Harris assists on three goals. The Racers still trail the best-of-7 series 3-2.

1982: The Checkers complete a four-game sweep of Wichita — in four relatively close games — by a 5-3 score in front of 7,115 at the Coliseum. Tied 3-3 early in the third, Garth MacGuigan scores the game-winner at 8:13 o the period. Red Laurence, Dave Simpson, Kevin Devine and Lorne Stamler also score, and Kelly Hrudey stops 28 shots, putting the Checkers in the Adams Cup Final.

1983: The Birmingham South Stars’ Jim Dobson scores his third goal of the game nine seconds into OT to beat the Checkers 4-3 and even their best-of-9 championship series at a game apiece. Glen Duncan tallies a goal and an assist for the Checkers, who led 3-1 in the third.

1985: The Checkers beat Peoria 5-4 to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. Jim Malwitz scores two first-period goals, and Neal Coulter two third-period goals in the victory. Coulter’s second tally comes with 4:22 left and braeks a 4-all tie. Rob Holland stops 38 shots in the win.

1987: Fort Wayne takes a 3-2 lead over the Checkers in their first-round playoff series with a 5-3 victory in Fort Wayne. Byron Lomow scores twice and Bob Lakso adds an unassisted goal as the teams are tied 3-3 after one, but Colin Chin breaks the tie 19 seconds into the second period and the Komets make it stand up.

1997: The Ice are eliminated from the playoffs when Cleveland’s Dave Roche scores at 14:12 of the second overtime to beat the Ice 3-2 and win the series three games to one. Jean-Yves Leroux and Alain Nasreddine give the Ice a 2-1 lead in the second, and Jim Waite appears to make it stand up, but former Ice player Brad Lauer ties the game with 1:23 left. Cleveland’s David Wilkinson makes 22 saves in overtime and 54 for the game. Waite stops 51 shots in a losing effort. It’s the longest game in the Ice’s IHL history.

1998: The Ice and Orlando play a wild game at Market Square Arena, but the Solar Bears win an 8-6 decision. Petri Varis and David Ling give the Ice a 2-0 lead with goals 20 seconds apart in the first, but the Solar Bears take the lead after one. Eight goals are scored in the second – five by Orlando – as the Bears go up 8-5 after two. Glen Featherstone has two assists. Dmitri Nabokov adds a goal and an assist, as do Varis and Ling. The Ice fall behind 2-1 in the best-of-5 series.

1999: Marc Lamothe is a wall in net, stopping 43 shots to give the Ice a 1-0 win over Cincinnati and the team’s first playoff series win since 1990, by a count of two games to one. Todd Rohloff provides the only scoring with 10:00 left. Lamothe does the rest, with 10 third-period saves.

2010: The Ice are eliminated from the Clark Cup playoffs, falling 4-2 to Green Bay to drop the series three games to one. Antti Roppo and Max Cook give the Ice a 2-1 lead in the first period, but the Gamblers score two power play goals in the second to take the lead.

Happy birthday to …

Thain Simon: Defenseman who played 55 games for the Capitals from 1946-48, with three goals and four assists. His pro career lasted three seasons — and included three NHL games with the Red Wings in 1946-47. He retired after playing 65 games with the AHL St. Louis Flyers in 1948-49. A native of Brockville, Ont., he was born in 1922. He passed away in 2007.

Jack Douglas: Defenseman who played 51 games for the Chiefs as a rookie in 1956-57. He had three goals and 16 assists, and also had six assists in eight playoff games as the Chiefs advanced to the Turner Cup Final. He was a silver medalist for Canada at the 1960 Winter Olympics, and was known for the “six-inch slapper” — a powerful slapshot he could get off despite moving the stick only six inches. He retired after the 1963-64 season. A native of Trenton, Ont., he was born in 1930. He passed away in 2003.  

Joe West: Right wing who played 24 games for the Checkers as a rookie in 1986-87. He had 13 goals and six assists, and also had three points in six playoff games. He played in Germany through 2001, and also coached in Europe. A native of Winnipeg, he is 53.

Doug Weiss: Played one game for the IHL Ice in 1988-89 as a rookie out of Dartmouth College. He played three pro seasons, primarily in the ECHL, where he had 19 goals for Johnstown in 1989-90. A native of Greenfield, Mass., he is 51.  

Craig Channell: While he was primarily known in these parts as a member of the Fort Wayne Komets, Channell joined the Ice at the end of the 1989-90 season and played 16 games, tallying one assist, and all 14 games of the team’s Turner Cup run. He had two points in those games. His pro career began in 1982 with AHL Sherbrooke, then he moved to the IHL in 1984 with Fort Wayne and stayed with the Komets until joining the Ice in 1990 and winning a title. He retired after his Ice stint and became an NHL scout. A native of Vancouver, he is 56.

Jeff Jackson: Left wing who played 18 games for the Ice in 1991-92. He had three goals and seven assistswith the Ice, a stint that came in the final year of an eight-season pro career that saw him play 238 NHL games. He had 38 goals, 86 points and 313 PIMs for the Maple Leafs, Rangers, Nordiques and Blackhawks. After retiring, he became an attorney and an executive with the Toronto Maple Leafs. A native of Chatham, Ont., he is 51.

Frederic Barbeau: Defenseman who played four games for the Ice in 1995-96. He played one and a half years of U.S. minor pro hockey, and then played several seasons of senior hockey in Quebec. A native of Victoriaville, Quebec, he is 41.

Drew Smolcynski: Forward who played 89 games for the Ice from 2011-13. He had 24 goals and 23 assists in Indy. He recently completed his sophomore year at St. Lawrence University, where he had 15 goals and 37 assists in his first three seasons – including nine goals and 28 points as a junior. A native of Hatfield, Penn., he is 22.